Past Program

Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2005

Architecture and Public Life


Architecture is about the built environment, but it is also much more: architecture provides the physical framework for all human activity and thus shapes the way we live and interact with each other. Architecture is the interface between the human and the physical environment. It gives structure to all economic, political, social, and cultural activity, thus, what and how we build shapes and forms our civic realm, our environment, and influences all aspects of public life. Architecture is about shaping our environment - past, present, and future. Buildings and public spaces mold our societies and cultures. Therefore, in order to think about where and how we live and interact today, and to affect and improve the way we live and interact in the future, it is crucial to look at ways in which architecture intersects with the economic, environmental, historical, philosophical, and cultural fabric of our societies and to explore and analyze the complex interrelationship between architecture and public life.

Of course architecture is neither created in nor does it exist in a vacuum. The building of physical infrastructure is subject to a variety of constraints and conflicting demands, including political factors, financial realities, spatial and technical limitations, historical considerations, and public opinion. Therefore it is important, when considering the interface between architecture and public life, to take a multi-disciplinary approach and enrich the discourse with a variety of viewpoints and perspectives. To this end, this session will bring together architects, urban designers and planners, politicians, public policy experts, real estate developers, and architectural critics and scholars from around the world to examine the relationship between architecture and public life and to identify ways in which buildings and public spaces can shape our societies and cultures in positive, beneficial ways.

The fee for this session is 3,300 EURO. The fee covers the cost of the program, accommodations, and meals.

Limited financial aid is available and is awarded based on need. Applicants who believe they qualify for assistance should explain their circumstances in a letter, which should be submitted with their application.